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Easy Reading: A Framework for Personalised Cognitive Accessibility when using Original Digital Content

Easy Reading: A Framework for Personalised Cognitive Accessibility when using Original Digital Content

Objective

The “Easy Reading” framework will improve the cognitive accessibility of original digital documents by providing real time personalisation through annotation (using e.g. symbol, pictures, videos), adaptation (using e.g. layout, structure) and translation (using e.g Easy-to-Read, Plain Language, symbol writing systems). The framework provides these (semi-)automated services using HCI techniques (e.g. pop-ups/ Text-To-Speech (TTS)/captions through mouse-over or eye-tracking) allowing the user to remain and work within the original digital document. This fosters independent access and keeps the user in the inclusive discourse about the original content. Services adapt to each user through a personal profile (sensor based tracking and reasoning of e.g. the level of performance, understanding, preferences, mood, attention, context and the individual learning curve).
The interdisciplinary project team includes users with cognitive disabilities in all phases through the Inclusive Participatory Action Research Method (IPAR) ensuring to address real users´ needs.
The “Easy Reading” framework is planned as a cloud based, open source and freely available support infrastructure. It will reach as many people with limited reading and language skills (e.g. people with cognitive disabilities - ~2,5% of the population - older adults, people with a different mother tongue) summing up to 25% in some regions or countries. Additionally, many more people will enjoy exploring new and unfamiliar content using personalised access.
This framework integrates and supports state-of-the-art and future R&D. It incorporates tools for annotation, adaptation and translation of content by providing a sustainable user-centred eco-system for personalisation. It promotes European ideals and enables independent applications to leverage the infrastructure and socialize their application for business (profit and non-for profit) in a new EU driven growth market.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITAT LINZ

Address

Altenberger Strasse 69
4040 Linz

Austria

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 324 875

Participants (8)

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KOMPETENZNETZWERK INFORMATIONSTECHNOLOGIE ZUR FOERDERUNG DER INTEGRATION VON MENSCHEN MIT BEHINDERUNGEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 258 625

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DORTMUND

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 275 750

IN DER GEMEINDE LEBEN GGMBH - HILFEN FUR MENSCHEN MIT BEHINDERUNGEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 134 375

FUNKA NU AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 170 188

TEXTHELP LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 197 750

VASTRA GOTALANDS LANS LANDSTING

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 199 875

GEIE ERCIM

France

EU Contribution

€ 225 000

ATHENA I.C.T. LTD

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 205 625

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 780529

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2018

  • End date

    30 June 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 237 875

  • EU contribution

    € 1 992 063

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITAT LINZ

Austria